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Show Us Yours
We want to see YOUR pride and joy in our pages, so you can share what you ride and restore with fellow readers. Email your hi-res shot to bsimmonds@mortons.co.uk or mail in some photos to the address at the front of the mag. Let us know what you’ve d
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Pressing Matters!
I cannot tell a lie, I have always wanted a press since using fly presses during my apprenticeship at British Aerospace. They have always been the preserve of engineering shops and whilst you could get a really old fly press affordably, they were abs
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Some sorta Sanctuary!
This bike has been a long time coming, ever since I saw the first of the Sanctuary bikes when I was working in Japan in the truck business. I was talking to Buzzard…. Well, let’s paint the picture. Buzzard is a good mate by the name of Dave Ennis. We
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Very Boring Times!
Progress on my latest Super Six had virtually ground to a halt halfway through November. Okay, so the last package of parts from Z-Power contained all the new bits I needed to complete the assembly of the frame, but I couldn’t get it up on its wheels
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Shanks’ Pony
Blades – I’ve owned/had/used a lot of them over the last 25 or so years. And this model is one of the best – if not THE best, but I have a caveat when I say this, more of which later. 2021 marks this machine’s 17th birthday: check out the fresh looks
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Saucy Seventeener!
Hello to everyone at CMM and can I just say ‘Happy New Year’. I’m actually writing this on New Year’s Eve… Firstly, I’ve been in CMM before, although it was some time back. My dad, Dave Brooking, knows editor Bertie of old – they’ve had the odd tus
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The Way We Were…
We've teamed up with The Hobby Company (www.hobbyco.net) which distributes Tamiya plastic motorcycle kits in the UK to give our favourite restoration one of its amazing motorcycles in miniature. So, send in your pictures of your bikes and you could w
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Laverda 3c
The low speed exciter coil of the ignition system can fail, leading to profound starting issues. Check for cracking below the headstock. It’s not uncommon, but can be readily repaired via some strategic welding and additional reinforcing gusseting. I
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The Latest Riding Kit, Top Tools, Tyres, Retro Clothing And More!
Many still consider the Arai helmet to be one of the best brands out there and this is their new helmet for 2021. The Quantic sits somewhere under the sporty RX-7V and above the Profile-V, and is billed as more of a sports-touring helmet. It’s the fi
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Back in 2014 CMM was approached by the Suzuki Apprentice Centre in Doncaster. They asked us to follow their restoration on a 1990 GSX-R1100L, which would eventually result in a full road-test in this very organ. This would be a strip-down and resto
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What To Buy And How Much To Pay
Large capacity Italian classics have never been low priced, but a Laverda 3C is about as close as it gets to being a cost-effective period Latin superbike. That said, they certainly don’t come cheap! For an example, like our bike featured here you’ll
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Riding Kit Worn, Tools Twirled & Tyres Turned
I’ve banged on about this product before and it’s a winner in my eyes. Now, I’ve never suggested we bikers drink and ride – we can’t, we’d fall over and off the bike! But, for the ‘morning after’ whether you’re on a scooter, a bike or in a car, you’d
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Suzuki GSX-R1100 Year By Year
1986: The GSX-R1100G: oil and air-cooled 1052cc DOHC 16-valve engine, five speeds, 18-inch wheels, 197 kilos (434lb) dry. 1987: GSX-R1100H unchanged apart from graphics. 1988: GSX-R1100J wider rims, three-spoke wheels, bigger 160/60ZR18 rear tyr
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What A Beautiful Noise!
The 3C and some of its descendants have an unusual exhaust note that turns into a singularly unique wail as the revs rise; they also have a decidedly lumpy tick-over, but why? The three-cylinder engine runs an atypical 180-degree crank, not the more
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Nmm Raffle!
A miserable 2020 was made less so for these lucky winners of the National Motorcycle Museum’s Covid-19 raffle appeal! The first prize of a brand new/ old-stock 1977 Norton Commando was won by Craig Lee, from South Yorkshire. The second prize of a res
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The Owner’s View By Chris Brealey
“The TC120 was, to be honest, an easy resto, the only difficulty being the protracted search to find a decent front light assembly as that was missing. It’s very much like the Bearcat to ride with more or less the same engine. My step-granddaughter l
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Bits And Pieces
I think the reality of any home build for most mortals is dictated by four main factors, notwithstanding the space in which to do it and available tools. To my mind they are money, time, skills and motivation. Each and any one of these can have a dir
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Scooperman!
Open minds are always useful receptors to have and hone. It’s oh-so easy to know, without exception, the codes, model names, appellations and various market names for the machines we obsess over. In America many Japanese bikes received names dreamt
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Inverted Snobbery!
It’s fair to say it was form and function that led to the changes to the mighty Suzuki GSX-R1100 becoming the ‘L’ model for 1990 – that’s more than 30 years ago now… If we delve back into history, Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 was an impressive sports bruiser o
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Specification
ENGINE TYPE Four-stroke air-cooled, DOHC triple, 5-speed transmission DISPLACEMENT 980cc BORE X STROKE 75 x 74mm COMPRESSION RATIO 9.0:1 MAX HP 78bhp @ 7250rpm MAX TORQUE 63.4ft-lb @ 5000rpm CARBURATION 3 x 32 PHF Dell’Orto WHEELBASE 1460mm/57
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Lockdown and YOU
The new lockdown, similar to the one we went through last March, will mean non-essential businesses closing alongside schools until at least February 19, maybe longer, with PM Boris Johnson saying this may be extended further. But can we ride our cla
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Specification
ENGINE: Air/oil-cooled, four-cylinder, four-stroke CAPACITY: 1127cc BORE & STROKE: 78 x 59mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 10:1 CARBURETION: 36mm Mikuni BST36SS x 4 MAX POWER: 130hp @ 9500rpm (claimed, rear wheel) TORQUE: 85ft-lb @ 7500rpm IGNITION: Digi
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PARTS & SERVICES
■ www.laverda-paradies.de ■ https://www.slaterlaverda.com ■http://www.laverdascozia.co.uk/parts.html ■ https://www.wemoto.com/bikes/laverda ■ https://www.motalia.co.uk/laverda.html ■
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Sold Out!
We’ve made no bones about how saucy we think the MV Agusta Superveloce is and this is the sauciest – and it’s another sell out! MV launched a limited-edition Superveloce 75 Anniversario some time ago (which sold out) and so has this: the Superveloce
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The Suzuki TC timeline
The TC suffix was used, almost it would appear, at random, for bikes that might or might not have off-road aspirations and credentials yet didn’t seem to fit anywhere else in Suzuki’s range. Several references suggest the name seems to first appear
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Ferret-ing About!
Ferret and I go back probably 20 years or so when he was first establishing his mobile motorcycle rewiring business and I was getting back into classic bikes. I’ve learnt a lot from ‘The Messiah of Wire’ and given him some electrical nightmares that
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Retro-styled Suzuki Deal!
Suzuki has announced a new finance offer across its V-twin models – including the retro-café racer styled the SV650X. The original SV650 arguably was responsible for establishing the booming naked middleweight sector – and the café racer-inspired SV6
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Cat - isfaction! PICS: GARY CHAPMAN
There’s a nagging feeling of déjà vu about today’s test ride and it’s coming from two different directions at once. The first assault on the old grey matter is courtesy of the simple, yet elegantly crafted, piston ported, two-stroke motor and the guy
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Loading Up With Carbs!
I am back at the bedside of a certain sick smog monster nursing it back to where it should’ve been when I bought it. It’s upset me too much to remain in my stable and just the sight of it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, so once it is fully sorted it
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CMM hits 400!
Your favourite magazine has just celebrated its 400th issue – and we hope we are around for at least the next 400! Classic Mechanics first hit the shelves in the autumn of 1983 and between its pages were articles on servicing pre-unit Triumph and BSA
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